With municipal elections nearing, now is the time for residents to take the time to consider if they have what it takes to run for office.
For some, it could be an opportunity to help shape the future of their community.
The municipal election is slated for October 18 and will occur provincewide as Albertans go to the polls to vote for their mayor or reeve and municipal councillors.
Nominations are now open and will remain so until Sept. 20.
The County of Grande Prairie will be electing nine councillors who will represent their respective division. Following the election, council will name a reeve and deputy reeve.
Currently, there is only one nomination in the County of Grande Prairie. Sheryle Runhart has put her hat in the ring to serve as councillor for Division Nine, currently held by Corey Beck.
The town of Sexsmith will be electing six councillors and a mayor.
As of May 26, two candidates have their nomination papers filed in Sexsmith. Mayor Kate Potter will be seeking re-election as mayor, currently in her first term in that role. Current councillor Dennis Stredulinsky will be running for a councillor position again.
The Town of Beaverlodge will be also be electing six councillors and a mayor.
Beaverlodge mayor Gary Rycroft told Town & Country News that he wants to continue in that role this fall. The only nomination currently registered is Cody Robert Movids, who is running for a seat as a councillor.
Over in Wembley, current councillor Kelly Peterson has submitted his nomination and will be entering the race for the Mayor of Wembley.
Wembley mayor Chris Turnmire announced in January that he will be stepping away from his role this year. Turnmire has served the town of Wembley since 2001 when he was elected as a councillor and then went on to become the town’s mayor since 2010.
“I felt that was enough and it's an opportunity for some new ideas, new thoughts, and fresh ideas on council and this is the time that everybody can take a look at that and make a decision on whether they want to make a positive contribution to their community by putting their hat in the ring and running for council,” said Turnmire.
The town also needs to fill six seats at the table.
Since the Village of Hythe is to be dissolved and absorbed into the County of Grande Prairie, there will be no election there. It is to be determined how the county plans to have the new hamlet represented at its council table once the transition is complete.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News